Advance2000 and Hub Technology Group, Inc.: A Fruitful Partnership Continues in 2018

Over the past three years, we’ve had the privilege of working with Hub Technology Group Inc. (HubTGI), a managed services technology company, to bring exclusive access to Advance2000’s managed IT services to businesses in Toronto, Ontario and throughout Canada.

This partnership enables us to provide technology risk assessments, security reviews and assessments, network reviews, network infrastructure services, desktop management, storage and data solutions, software installation, hosted VoIP, and more to businesses of all sizes. With HubTGI’s consulting expertise and Advance2000’s range of services, we aim to help businesses increase productivity, reduce business risk, and boost end-user and client satisfaction.

The partnership we have at Advance2000 with Hub Technology Group Inc., has proven to be a ‘win-win’ situation for our mutual customers as they continue to receive Best-In-Class managed IT services — both voice and data — today and throughout the future,” said Michael Rockert, President of Canadian Operations at Advance2000.

When asked about the partnership, HubTGI’s co-owner and co-president, Ajay Dhingra, replied:

On behalf of myself and Stephen Brennan, co-owner and co-president of Hub Technology Group Inc., we are proud to be the exclusive Canadian provider of the full line of Advance2000’s managed IT products, solutions and services, and we hope to continue fulfilling the growing office infrastructure needs of the marketplace.

We look forward to continuing a fruitful partnership with HubTGI in 2018 and onward. Happy New Year!

Doing What’s Right: Helping Our Kids Get More. Advance2000 Questioning The Buffalo Schools’ Bidding Process

Helping our kids get more.

Advance2000 CFO Jad Maouad challenges the integrity of the Buffalo Public Schools’ bidding process for a contract to upgrade technology that would affect children in all 70 Buffalo Public Schools. Read more on Jad’s moral stance in his personal letter to the media below.

To: The Media      

Date: 5/16/2017

From: Jad Maouad

Governance by transparency is a key value of Advance2000, hence we would like to report the misconducts we have experienced with Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) bid process.  

  1. BPS staff has been predetermining prior to the bid to favor a specific manufacturer by having that manufacturer’s specifications. This practice immediately disqualifies other vendors even though the alternative vendor products could be of greater benefit to the schools. This practice has been taking place for several years.
  2. AIS, the incumbent vendor for the past years, has been able to register with the specific manufacturer prior to the biding process, synonymous to insider trading on the NYSE. This gives AIS up to a 50% discount versus 25% for all other bidders involved in this bid opportunity.
  3. Due to Advance2000’s deep relationship with specific manufacturers and our significant volume purchasing capability, Advance2000 was able to obtain necessary discounts allowing us to aggressively bid and win the BPS bid.
  4. The mood at the bid opening for both BPS and AIS staff was shock when they discovered that Advance2000 had the lowest responsible bid price. Advance2000 had the winning bid.
  5. As a result, BPS staff resorted to a completely illegal practice. BPS staff initiated a best and final pricing after sharing the Advance2000 bid content with AIS and subsequently asked AIS to submit a number lower than the lowest responsible bidder (Advance2000 ). 

According to Office of General Services of the State of NY (OGS), best and final is a discussion process that takes place between the bidding party and the lowest responsible bidder (Advance2000). We have yet to hear back from the BPS staff.

This misconduct is disheartening and sadly has been costing the district significantly more money.  Writing bids to favor one manufacturer, having the incumbent vendor (AIS) preregister the opportunity prior to the bidding process, and initiating a kangaroo-style best and final without engaging the lowest responsible bidder is nothing other than unjust and collusive. This practice has been enabling AIS to go unchecked for years, overcharging the schools hundreds of thousands of dollars resulting in monies that the school system would have saved and invested in more meaningful ways.  The AIS bid was $6,932,056 and the Advance2000 bid was $6,541,449.  After receiving the Advance2000 bid, BPS staff shared the Advance2000 bid numbers with AIS resulting in AIS discounting their price to $6,106,401.  We are still willing to provide our best and final that will be lower than AIS. Even so the entire process is unjust. Please keep in mind that AIS is and has been receiving a higher discount for years from the manufacturer than anyone else due to the insider trading described above in section 2. 

Sincerely,

Jad Maouad – Advance2000 CFO


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